Adele 21

15 03 2011

My prediction this album will be Grammy nominated for Album of The Year in 2012

I hear Adele all over New York cafes, coffee shops, bars and here’s my review of her second album, 21.

I became a big fan of UK female artist Adele in fall of 2008 after I clicked on her iTunes page after the “Listeners also bought” section from Amy Winehouse another fellow british artist.  Adele’s first album 19 was very coffee house jazzy and had piano ballads which I enjoy.  21 is similar as far as the genre and accompaniment but she definitely matured through her lyrics and new key changes in some tracks.  Many listeners of mainstream radio are familiar of her first single, Chasing Pavements but there is another signficant soul part of her voice in her music that is very enchanting, blue, bursting, lounging and just heartfelt.  Not many artists can make a sophomore comeback like Adele did with 21 which is why she is going to become a huge spotlight and she’s only 21 years old with a voice that so smooth and powerful.

Every track in 21 has its own dominant highlight with a very impressive production core of the elite New York-bred producer and founder of Def Jam, Rick Rubin and british producer Paul Epworth. Her current single, Rollin In The Deep is an upbeat soul jam where she expands her voice range up several octaves.  Her backup singers in the track make it a very soul/church vibe. Other track reviews,  He Won’t Go starts of with a steady 2/2 drumkit beat and 3 piano chords all in minor and leads on to a jazzy accent melody and beat where her voice against shoots to the sky during the chorus.

Set Fire to The Rain (british producer, Fraser T. Smith) really sounds like an oxymoron title but she really goes all out on this track. She starts with a piano and a 4/4 beat then the other strings and percussion instruments enter and crescendo into the chorus as well as her voice projects beautifully.  She continues after the chorus to project her voice powerfully until the end of the track.  The chorus in this track is my favorite lyrical piece of 21:

“But I set fire to the rain,

watch it pour as I touch your face,

Let it burn while I cry,

Cause I heard it screaming your name, your name!”

My favorite song in this album and its a piano ballad of course, Someone Like You.  I cannot wait to learn to play this piece.  This song is amazing and incredible thing of beauty.  Adele sings about how someone she loved moved on who settled on a different girl and married. In comparison, the lyrics of this song is very relative to Gwen Stefani’s hit Cool.  Gwen sings about how her ex boyfriend (bassist Tony Kanal) has moved on and settled and they both still share a great friendship.

Adele quotes in her personal blog to why she titled her sophomore album 21, “I’m very excited, nervous, eager, anxious but chuffed to announce my new album! It’s taken a while and it knocked me for six when writing it. It’s different from “19”, it’s about the same things but in a different light. I deal with things differently now. I’m more patient, more honest, more forgiving and more aware of my own flaws, habits and principles. Something that comes with age I think. So fittingly this record is called “21”. (source:

Mark my word, Adele will win her third Grammy in 2012.

21 is a great album and I have a really good feeling it will be nominated for Grammy-album of the year because her stunning voice is one that is very difficult to compare with, all of the tracks are astonishing with a great accompaniment and lyrically touching.  You listen to her entire album and you feel a jazzy, soul, gospel-disco, ballad journey until the last track.  Adele doesn’t need to go all out and glamor herself just because her astonishing voice can really back it up and that is what not many people realize about her.  For all you piano ballad fans and coffee-house jazz fans, 21 is the hit which is why I love this album.  If you just faced a heartbreak or feeling a bit emo, lyrically, this album is also for you. Although I’m not in a heartbreak, I just appreciate her music greatly and her lyrics are very meaningful.  I will be rooting for Adele and I am very hopeful to see her shine for many years ahead.